Our school is just wrapping up spring Parent/Teacher Conferences. For this round of conferences I decided that I was going to do things a little bit different. Usually I run around(literally) on conference night going from classroom to classroom to touch base with as many parents as I can. There were times that I was triple booked for one time slot and I was missing out on connecting with families. I also wanted to make sure that the students that I support had a chance to shine. I am so proud of the reading growth that each and every one of our students has made and I wanted to help them CELEBRATE! So the planning began.
The students helped design the invitation for their parents and hand delivered them with care. We researched what we could serve for a snack and decided that Bunny Mix was a perfect fit for our celebration. Each child had a part in creating the snack and setting up for “the party” as they called it. We put tablecloths and balloons on the tables, added a few extra touches and we were ready! They were very excited to pull out their most favorite LLI books to share with their guests.
I really wanted this night to be a celebration of growth- because they have come so far. It might not show up on a state assessment, but they are growing. That is something to be proud of.
And guess what? They came! At one point all of the tables were filled with kids, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and grandmas! It was a beautiful sight.
I was hoping that 5 or 6 of the kids on my caseload came– guess what? I had 26 students show up with their people! 26! With smiles, and excitement, and pride they had their chance to shine and show their stuff.